William Norris was born in Jackson, Ms in 1951. Norris originally went by William "Dead Eye" Norris and played guitar for Lee Shot Williams, Buddy Guy, Bobby Rush and others. In the 70s he befriended harmonica player Little Mack Simmons and through Simmons he met Willie Dixon. Dixon included Mack in a 1977 tour package called "The New Generation Of Chicago Blues", which also included Lurrie Bell. Mack was promoted as the son of Mack Simmons being that Dixon's theme for the package was "sons of the blues". Other than played live gigs not much happened musically for Mack for many years.
He changed his stage name to Sonny Mack when he moved to Memphis in 1991 but it would take another ten years for Mack to finally record. He cut a demo that impressed Ecko Records boss John Ward. Mack then recorded 14 of his own songs and presented them to Ecko who remixed and filled in the recordings for what became "Going For Gold" in 2011. Another full length, "Get On Up" was released by Ecko in 2016.
Mack has also been utilized as a songwriter for other artists in the Ecko stable like Lee Shot Williams, O.B. Buchana, Jaye Hammer and more.
"Going For Gold" (Ecko 2011)
1. Playing Catch Up
"Get On Up" (Ecko 2016)
1 Cheatin' Is the Only Way to Go